Pinot. ’08, ’09. Can’t decide which vintage I prefer. Usually, I avoid speaking in sweeping generalizations about varietals, vintages. But this is just a fun question I’m posing to myself. And you. I know, what AVA’s are we talking about? That’s why I typically avoid such probes, because of the variables. But, let’s just talk. Which do you usually shoot for when on a Pinot safari? Lately, I’ve been into 09’s…that is until I sipped one the other night, Sonoma Coast, that felt timid, taciturn in its flavor arrangement. So I went back to ’08, one from Anderson Valley. I know, the fires, the ever-pervasive smoke note. Have to say, it was rather tempered, advantageously actually, coupled with wild berry, a little toffee and back-palate spice. So, I’m back to ’08. So I thought, till I tasted an ’09 Carneros that seduced me, proselytized me into a vision by which I’ve never before been gripped. So now I’m a Pinot mess, torn between 2 lover years. Where do you stand, principally, on the ’08 v. ’09 matter, if it’s even a “matter” at all? If you saw two Pinots on a shelf, one ’08 while the other ’09, and you weren’t familiar with the producer [and forget the AVA for the moment, and “matter”], which would you pick strictly predicated on year? And forget how pretty the bottle is… Just go by that four digit time marker… Make a vintage-rooted election. Which is picked???